For the South Park fans out there—every episode of the show can now be streamed free at the show’s web site, South Park Studios. South Park co-creator Matt Stone gave media web site Boing Boing a simple rationale for the decision: “Basically, we just got really sick of having to download our own show illegally all the time. So we gave ourselves a legal alternative.”
I haven’t watched the show regularly for years, but I’ll probably stream a few of the old high points (“Red Sleigh Down,” anyone?) for some nostaglic chuckles. Still, I often find the show to be more frustrating than enjoyable—a lot of people seem to take it as the height of social commentary, but there’s generally not much more than gratuitous violence and swearing, ethnic stereotypes dressed as satire and Idiocracy-esque “you talk like a fag” jokes about anyone trying to engage a complex issue.